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Gene therapy, genetic doping and sport: fundaments and implications for the future
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Gentically Modified Athletes: Biomedical Ethics, Gene Doping & Sport
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Or suppose I came to the high jump wearing springs on my shoes…Or what if we let the pitcher stand as close to the batter as he wants? If these exceptions were allowed, the meaning of each sport would change, Murray says. The New York City Marathon would become a roller derby. The high jump would become a contest for finding the biggest springs. The baseball pitcher would stand next to the catcher, and the batter would bunt. Athletes and audiences should decide what they value in sports and whether allowing gene doping would dissolve those aspects, Murray says.
Keep reading to learn what other crazy uses people have thought up for their genes, like curing baldness. Eero Mantyranta, a Finnish cross-country skier who won two gold medals in the Olympics, was born with a mutation in the erythropoietin receptor gene that allows his blood to carry significantly more oxygen than the average person's [source: McCrory ]. Then and now, he wasn't breaking any rules. Shipping might imperil a gene doping operation. Under the Federal Food and Drugs Act, it's illegal to ship a drug across state lines that hasn't been approved by the U.
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